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Pentax K-30 specifications

Price
MSRPBody: US $849.95, with 18-55mm kit lens: $899.95
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialReinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorPrime M
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (25600 Extended)
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (3)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsGood, Better, Best
File format
  • RAW (DNG)
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0 compliant
  • DPOF
  • PIM III
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.92×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/6000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Hyper Program (P)
  • Sensitivity Priority (Sv)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv)
  • Hyper Manual (M)
  • Bulb (B)
  • User (U1, U2)
  • Scene (SCN)
  • Auto Picture (AUTO)
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous (Hi, Lo)
  • Self-Timer (12s, 2s)
  • Remote (0s, 3s, continuous)
  • Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (optional, wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Weather and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable battery & charger or 4 x AA batteries (with the optional AA battery holder D-BH109)
Battery Life (CIPA)410
Weight (inc. batteries)650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
Dimensions130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)
GPSOptional
GPS notesO-GPS1
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Comments

Total comments: 7
adrianconst
By adrianconst (10 months ago)

When I compare the dynamic range of K30 against D7000 and T5i, it looks like K30 under performs. However, that might be because the K30 default contrast in all modes is pretty high compared to the other two. Maybe dpreview should mention that when it presents dynamic range results.

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oldnoob
By oldnoob (11 months ago)

In the RAW Standard studio scene comparison, the k-30 appears to be back-focusing a bit. look at the small writing on the Kodak grey scale

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JustSomeOldDude
By JustSomeOldDude (8 months ago)

And the "Q" on the queen card is sharper than anything

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ebaker
By ebaker (Sep 20, 2013)

I called the corporate office myself and spoke with Joe Virgil, who was apologetic, but insisted he couldn’t do anything because the part was being shipped from the Phillipines and there were 65 other service orders suffering from the same problem. I explained that his supply problem was now a customer service problem as we had reached the 7th week of this ordeal. After ordering a part, if it has not arrived in 5 weeks, they are supposed to provide a replacement and this has yet to happen.
When you purchase a camera, you also purchase warranty and customer service with it. This has now past over two months since I initially sent off my camera for repair and the company is refusing to honor its warranty. I have bought a DSLR from one of their competitors and am completely disgusted with Pentax — DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS. I’ve yet to receive my camera back (10 weeks and counting!) or any kind of a firm timeline of when that might happen.

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A1200
By A1200 (3 months ago)

Hi ebaker,

Did you get the repaired camera from them?

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ebaker
By ebaker (Sep 20, 2013)

I actually liked the camera…. until it didn’t perform as promised. I bought this camera because I work at an aquarium and need to take photos for our marketing. A month after purchase, the telephoto lens drew humidity into the body and condensation formed, thus killing the LCD screen.
While it claims to be weather resistant, it couldn’t even handle humidity.
What is worse is that after sending the camera in on July 6 for repair under the warranty, I have yet to get any kind of a realistic timeline of when I would receive my camera back. After the fifth week of hearing, “Call back next week” I requested a replacement. This caused the customer service rep to become extremely rude and tell me that they were in the midst of a corporate merger so he couldn’t help me. I requested to speak with a manager, he refused to give me their name or number. He insisted he needed to call the corporate office and said he would call me back by the end of the week. Of course, that never happened.

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Take5
By Take5 (Sep 9, 2013)

“…the only major barrier to fast and efficient operation is the relegation of movie shooting to the exposure mode dial.” Seriously is the time difference between turning the mode dial and pressing a button to enter the movie function all that relevant – you are talking about an extra second at the most !

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